Sustainability & Environment

Sustainability is central in our work. However, ‘sustainability’ as a concept is inconsistently applied and understood. It is widely over-used and misused, leading to a loss of common understanding.

Sustainability is a broad subject. At its core, it is about seeking a balance between social, environmental and economic principles so the actions of the present do not compromise the future. Another way of looking at it is to broaden the range and duration of considerations - in problem solving or design - to achieve solutions that deliver more long term benefits.

To achieve continued improvement of environmental, social and economic conditions in the built environment, we have expanded the three ‘original’ pillars approach (environmental, social and economic) to include institutional, political and technical considerations.

Our work at an urban scale led us to consider these three additional components as agents of change and central to gaining acceptance and traction for sustainable development. Collectively these six components give us a conceptual framework with which to consider sustainability at all scales. Sustainability is ultimately defined on a place-specific basis, project-by-project.

Our “Lean, Mean and Green” philosophy produces designs that lower demand for valuable resources, provide efficient structures and deploy innovative technology. Happold Consulting is skilled to take clients through the complex environmental challenges the 21st Century presents.

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Happold Consulting

Project

04/04/2013

Working closely with architects SOM and our colleagues based in the UK, USA and China, our team prepared a detailed economic strategy to support a concept masterplan for the proposed JingJin New Economic City.

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News

14/03/2014

On 20 March, the final conference of the BeMobility 2.0 project took place. The Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) was inviting sponsors and...

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© Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz
Happold Consulting

Project

15/01/2014

Built on inner-city wasteland the iconic Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz has evolved into an international hub for business, culture and communication. Visible from afar, the transparent roof became one of the distinctive emblems...

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News

09/01/2014

Last September an expert workshop exploring (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure was held at mobile solutions expert Innoz’s Plattform...

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News

29/11/2013

This November Jochen Rabe and Thomas Kraubitz from Happold Consulting presented the regional development plan for Russia's Kama Tri-City region in Berezniki, to representatives of the federal and regional governments. The...

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News

23/09/2013

The first foundation stone for the new HumboldthafenEins mixed use development on the banks of the River Spree in Berlin was...

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Ine Steenmans
Happold Consulting

Blog

13/09/2013

Ine Steenmans is a Buro Happold sponsored EngD researcher at the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, University College London. In building cities for the future, we strive for infrastructure that is...

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Happold Consulting

News

20/06/2013

New York City and the surrounding region experienced unprecedented damage at many levels in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy Success Stories, a new report released today by a group of NYC civic organizations under the coordinating mantle of Happold Consulting New York, examines small, inexpensive, and relatively easy to implement measures that were effective in mitigating the storm's effect with many of them providing quality of life benefits to New Yorkers during non-storm events.

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Happold Consulting

Project

19/06/2013

Consideration of the efficiency of energy use at the city-scale can present budget constrained cities with a significant opportunity to respond to their energy needs without sacrificing their development priorities. The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management and Assistance Programme recognised that for city authorities to successfully identify appropriate and feasible energy efficiency interventions, they need new and practical tools that inform the underpinning decision-making processes. Looking to catalyse more rapid understanding of city-scale energy use issues and appropriate responses, the World Bank commissioned Happold Consulting to develop a Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE).

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Happold Consulting

Project

22/11/2012

Today, cities face a number of challenges related to motorized transport such as congestion of city centres and environmental degradation. Taking into account these challenges and the rising number of car owners, individual car traffic seems insufficient for the urban challenges of the 21st century. Hence there is an urgent need to develop new mobility concepts that guarantee a high degree of individual mobility whilst facing the social, economic and environmental challenges of our future cities. 

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Happold Consulting

Project

19/11/2012

Dar Es Salaam faces some key social and economic challenges as one of the poorest countries in Africa, with growing inequality despite GDP growth of 5-6% per year. There is a growing backlog of urban infrastructure requirements and transportation relies primarily on privately provided mini-buses. Water and electricity household connections remain low and 80% of housing is ‘informal’. In the past, masterplans for the city have not been implemented due to a lack of coordinated planning and inadequate resources.

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Happold Consulting

Project

16/11/2012

Southern Riyadh provides services, amenities, jobs and homes for many of the city’s inhabitants, but over a number of years, it has suffered on a number of fronts.

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Happold Consulting

Project

15/11/2012

Ad’Diriyyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

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Happold Consulting

Project

15/11/2012

Jeddah is facing the challenge of sustainably managing its growth for the coming 20 years. During this period, the city will be required to create nearly 1.2 million new jobs and develop around 50,000 new homes per every year.

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Happold Consulting

Project

06/09/2012

Al Ha’ir Lakes is the fifth and final zone of Wadi Hanifah. Located 25km downstream of Riyadh, Al Ha’ir is at the end of the wadi catchment and receives the greatest amount of water flow in the Wadi. Working with the client, we identified the Lakes District site as a valuable open space resource for the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. In addition the site contains an internationally recognised and largest wetland habitat in the Kingdom.

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Happold Consulting

Project

13/08/2012

Detroit’s economic and population decline, driven by changes in the US auto and wider manufacturing industry, is a globally recognized story - as are the social, employment and urban consequences for those who remain in the city. Less well known is the tangible economic resurgence that has already started in the city.: new New sectors of the economy are emerging that provide job opportunities for Detroiters and attract new residents to the city. This resurgence is fragile – it will happen against the backdrop of a continued fall in the population until at least 2020 and highly constrained city budgets. Reorganizing the city’s systems and healing the environment are critical to facilitating these changes. The city’s government, civic and business leaders, and its residents face big decisions regarding how best to respond to the challenge of providing more effective systems at reduced costs and an enhanced environment for the evolving city.

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